NASB — Judges 5 — KJV

The Song of Deborah and Barak

1 aThen Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying,
  2aThat Ithe leaders led in Israel,
  That bthe people volunteered,
  Bless the LORD!
  3 “Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers!
  aI—to the LORD, I will sing,
  I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel.
  4aLORD, when You went out from Seir,
  When You marched from the field of Edom,
  bThe earth quaked, the heavens also dripped,
  Even the clouds dripped water.
  5aThe mountains Iquaked at the presence of the LORD,
  bThis Sinai, at the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel.

[1] aEx 15:1
[2] IOr locks hung loose in aJg 5:9 bPs 110:3
[3] aPs 27:6
[4] aDt 33:2; Ps 68:7 bPs 68:8, 9
[5] ILit flowed aEx 19:18 bPs 68:8

  6 ¶ “In the days of aShamgar the son of Anath,
  In the days of bJael, the highways Iwere deserted,
  And travelers IIwent by IIIroundabout ways.
  7 “The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel,
  Until I, Deborah, arose,
  Until I arose, a mother in Israel.
  8aNew gods were chosen;
  Then war [was] in the gates.
  Not a shield or a spear was seen
  Among forty thousand in Israel.
  9 “My heart [goes out] to athe commanders of Israel,
  The volunteers among the people;
  Bless the LORD!
  10aYou who ride on Iwhite donkeys,
  You who sit on [rich] carpets,
  And you who travel on the roadIIsing!
  11 “At the sound of those who divide [flocks] among athe watering places,
  There they shall recount bthe righteous deeds of the LORD,
  The righteous deeds for His Ipeasantry in Israel.
  Then the people of the LORD went down cto the gates.

[6] ILit had ceased IILit walked IIILit twisted aJg 3:31 bJg 4:17
[8] aDt 32:17
[9] aJg 5:2
[10] IOr tawny IIOr declare it aJg 10:4; 12:14
[11] IOr rural dwellers aGn 24:11; 29:2, 3 b1S 12:7; Mi 6:5 cJg 5:8

  12 ¶ “aAwake, awake, Deborah;
  Awake, awake, Ising a song!
  Arise, Barak, and btake away your captives, O son of Abinoam.
  13 “Then survivors came down to the nobles;
  The people of the LORD came down to me as warriors.
  14 “From Ephraim those whose root is ain Amalek [came down],
  Following you, Benjamin, with your peoples;
  From Machir commanders came down,
  And from Zebulun those who wield the staff of Ioffice.
  15 “And the Iprinces of Issachar [were] with Deborah;
  As [was] Issachar, so [was] Barak;
  Into the valley they rushed aat his IIheels;
  Among the divisions of Reuben
  [There were] great resolves of heart.
  16 “Why did you sit among athe Isheepfolds,
  To hear the piping for the flocks?
  Among the divisions of Reuben
  [There were] great searchings of heart.
  17aGilead Iremained across the Jordan;
  And why did Dan stay in ships?
  Asher sat at the seashore,
  And Iremained by its landings.
  18aZebulun [was] a people who despised their lives [even] to death,
  And Naphtali also, on the high places of the field.

[12] IOr utter aPs 57:8 bPs 68:18; Ep 4:8
[14] ILit the scribe aJg 12:15
[15] ISo with ancient versions; Heb My princes IILit feet aJg 4:10
[16] IOr saddlebags aNu 32:1, 2, 24, 36
[17] IOr dwelt aJsh 22:9
[18] aJg 4:6, 10

  19 ¶ “aThe kings came [and] fought;
  Then fought the kings of Canaan
  bAt Taanach near the waters of Megiddo;
  cThey took no plunder in silver.
  20aThe stars fought from heaven,
  From their courses they fought against Sisera.
  21 “The torrent of Kishon swept them away,
  The ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon.
  aO my soul, march on with strength.
  22aThen the horses’ hoofs beat
  From the dashing, the dashing of his Ivaliant steeds.
  23 ‘Curse Meroz,’ said the angel of the LORD,
  ‘Utterly curse its inhabitants;
  aBecause they did not come to the help of the LORD,
  To the help of the LORD against the warriors.’

[19] aJsh 11:1-5; Jg 4:13 bJg 1:27 cJg 5:30
[20] aJsh 10:12-14
[21] aEx 15:2; Ps 44:5
[22] ILit mighty ones aJb 39:19-25
[23] aJg 5:13

  24 ¶ “aMost blessed of women is Jael,
  The wife of Heber the Kenite;
  Most blessed is she of women in the tent.
  25 “He asked for water [and] she gave him milk;
  In a magnificent bowl she brought him curds.
  26 “She reached out her hand for the tent peg,
  And her right hand for the workmen’s hammer.
  Then she struck Sisera, she smashed his head;
  And she shattered and pierced his temple.
  27 “Between her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay;
  Between her feet he bowed, he fell;
  Where he bowed, there he fell Idead.

[24] aJg 4:19-21
[27] ILit devastated

  28 ¶ “Out of the window she looked and lamented,
  The mother of Sisera through the Ilattice,
  ‘Why does his chariot delay in coming?
  Why do the IIhoofbeats of his chariots tarry?’
  29 “Her wise princesses would answer her,
  Indeed she repeats her words to herself,
  30aAre they not finding, are they not dividing the spoil?
  A maiden, two maidens for every warrior;
  To Sisera a spoil of dyed work,
  A spoil of dyed work embroidered,
  Dyed work of double embroidery on the Ineck of the spoiler?’
  31aThus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD;
  bBut let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.”
And the land was undisturbed for forty years.

[28] IOr window IILit steps
[30] ILit necks of the spoil aEx 15:9
[31] aPs 68:2; 92:9 bPs 19:4-6; 89:36, 37


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The song of Deborah and Barak.

1 ¶ Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, 2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. 3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, [even] I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing [praise] to the LORD God of Israel. 4 LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. 5 The mountains melted from before the LORD, [even] that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel. 6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways. 7 [The inhabitants of] the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. 8 They chose new gods; then [was] war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? 9 My heart [is] toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the LORD. 10 Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way. 11 [They that are delivered] from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, [even] the righteous acts [toward the inhabitants] of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the LORD go down to the gates. 12 Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. 13 Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty. 14 Out of Ephraim [was there] a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer. 15 And the princes of Issachar [were] with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben [there were] great thoughts of heart. 16 Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben [there were] great searchings of heart. 17 Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches. 18 Zebulun and Naphtali [were] a people [that] jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field. 19 The kings came [and] fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money. 20 They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. 21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength. 22 Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones. 23 Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty. 24 Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. 25 He asked water, [and] she gave [him] milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. 26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. 27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead. 28 The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot [so] long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots? 29 Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself, 30 Have they not sped? have they [not] divided the prey; to every man a damsel [or] two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, [meet] for the necks of [them that take] the spoil? 31 So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but [let] them that love him [be] as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

[1] Ex 15:1, 21; Nu 21:17; 1S 2:1; 2Ch 20:21, 27; Jb 38:7; Ps 18:1; Is 12:1; 25:1; 26:1; Lk 1:46, 67; Rv 15:3; 19:1.
[2] Dt 32:43; Jg 5:9; 2S 22:47; 2Ch 17:16; Ne 11:2; Ps 18:47; 48:11; 94:1; 97:8; 110:3; 136:15, 19; 149:6; 1Co 9:17; 2Co 8:12; 9:7; Php 2:13; Phm 1:14; Rv 16:5; 18:20; 19:2.
[3] Gn 6:17; 9:9; Ex 31:6; Lv 26:28; Dt 32:1, 3; Jg 5:7; 1K 18:22; 19:10, 14; Ezr 7:21; Ps 2:10; 49:1; 119:46; 138:4.
[4] Dt 33:2; 2S 22:8; Jb 9:6; Ps 18:7; 68:7; 77:17; Hab 3:3.
[5] Ex 19:18; 20:18; Dt 4:11; 5:22; Ps 97:5; 114:4; Is 64:1; Na 1:5; Hab 3:10; He 12:18.
[6] Lv 26:22; Jg 3:31; 4:17; 2Ch 15:5; Ps 125:5; Is 33:8; Lm 1:4; 4:18; Mi 3:12.
[7] Jg 4:4; 2S 20:19; Es 9:19; Is 49:23; Ro 16:13.
[8] Dt 32:16; Jg 2:12, 17; 4:3; 1S 13:19.
[9] Jg 5:2; 1Ch 29:9; 2Co 8:3, 12, 17; 9:5.
[10] Jg 10:4; 12:14; Ps 105:2; 107:32; 145:5, 11; Is 28:6; Jol 3:12.
[11] Gn 26:20; Ex 2:17; Dt 22:24; Jg 5:7; 1S 12:7; Jb 29:7; Ps 145:7; Is 12:3; 28:6; Jr 7:2; Lm 5:4, 9; Mi 6:5.
[12] Ps 57:8; 68:18; 103:1; 108:2; Is 14:2; 33:1; 49:24; 51:9, 17; 52:1; 60:1; Jr 31:26; 1Co 15:34; Ep 4:8; 5:14; 2Ti 2:26.
[13] Ps 49:14; 75:7; Is 41:15; Ezk 17:24; Dn 7:18; Ro 8:37; Rv 2:26; 3:9.
[14] Ex 17:8; Nu 32:39; Jg 3:13, 27; 4:5, 10, 14.
[15] Jg 4:6, 14; 1Ch 12:32; Pv 22:13; Ac 15:39; 20:13; 2Co 11:2.
[16] Nu 32:1, 24; Jg 5:15; Ps 4:4; 77:6; Lm 3:40; Php 2:21; 3:19.
[17] Jsh 13:25, 31; 19:24.
[18] Jg 4:6, 10, 14; Es 4:16; Ac 20:24; 1Jn 3:16; Rv 12:11.
[19] Gn 4:16; 14:22; Jsh 10:22; 11:1; Jg 1:27; 5:30; 1K 4:12; Ps 44:12; 48:4; 68:12; 118:8; Rv 17:12; 19:19.
[20] Jsh 10:11; Jg 4:15; 1S 7:10; Ps 77:17.
[21] Gn 49:18; Jg 4:7, 13; 1K 18:40; Ps 44:5; 83:9; Is 25:10; Mi 7:10.
[22] Ps 20:7; 33:17; 147:10; Is 5:28; Jr 47:4; Mi 4:13.
[23] Jg 2:1; 4:6; 6:11; 13:3; 21:9; 1S 17:47; 18:17; 25:28; 26:19; Ne 3:5; Jr 48:10; Mt 25:41; Ro 15:18; 1Co 3:9; 16:22; 2Co 6:1.
[24] Gn 14:19; Jg 4:17; Pv 31:31; Lk 1:28, 42.
[25] Jg 4:19.
[26] 1S 17:49; 2S 20:22.
[27] Ps 52:7; Mt 7:2; Jm 2:13.
[28] Jg 4:15; 2K 1:2; So 2:9; 8:14; Jm 5:7.
[29] Jg 5:29.
[30] Gn 37:3; Ex 15:9; 2S 13:18; Jb 20:5; Ps 45:14.
[31] Ex 20:6; Dt 6:5; Jg 3:11, 30; 2S 23:4; Ps 19:4; 37:6; 48:4; 58:10; 68:1; 83:9; 91:14; 92:9; 97:8, 10; Pv 4:18; Dn 12:3; Ho 6:3; Mt 13:43; Ro 8:28; 1Co 8:3; Ep 6:24; Jm 1:12; 2:5; 1P 1:8; 1Jn 4:19; 5:2; Rv 6:10; 18:20; 19:2.


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